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Paper: High-Mass Stars in the Centers of Young Dense Clusters: Mass Segregation, Binary Mergers and Gamma-Ray Bursts
Volume: 367, Massive Stars in Interactive Binaries
Page: 669
Authors: Zinnecker, H.
Abstract: We start by discussing dense, young star-clusters, particularly the 30 Doradus cluster with its core R136. The question of mass segregation and core collapse of the massive stars is addressed. Analytical estimates of relaxation times and collision times predict that the central N=10 subsystem of massive stars in the R136 core will evolve dynamically in such a way and fast enough (i.e. within their main-sequence lifetime of a few Myr) that a dominant massive binary system is formed whose orbit will shrink to a point where merging of the components appears inevitable. The merger product will be spinning rapidly, and we put forward the idea that this rare and very massive object might be the perfect precursor of a gamma-ray burst (collapsar).
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